Sermon Recap: Jesus’ Church, Pt. 1

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This week, we are back in the swing of things (hello, 2017!) and starting a new sermon series, titled “Jesus’ Church”. Led by Lead Pastor Andrew Bach, we dive into what it means to be the body of Christ – biblically and practically.

Firstly, let’s remember that Jesus wants His church to know that we belong to Him. So much so, in fact, that we are only His; we don’t even belong to ourselves. Acts 20:28 says: “Pay careful attention to yourselves and all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.”  We have been rescued from our captivity and imprisonment, and we belong to our rescuer.

Secondly, let’s also remember that God is approachable, because in understanding this fully, it will be easier to understand our belonging. He is approachable in that he is accessible, relatable, friendly, easy to meet, and easy to know. What else is He like? The Bible provides us with solid Truth to understanding better God’s character:

  1. Absolute authority:
    1. Acts 17:24-25: “The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.”
  2. Compassionate:
    1. Psalm 103:1-5: “Bless the Lord, O my soul,
          and all that is within me,
          bless his holy name!
      Bless the Lord, O my soul,
          and forget not all his benefits,
      who forgives all your iniquity,
          who heals all your diseases,
      who redeems your life from the pit,
          who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
      who satisfies you with good
          so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
  3. Good:
    1. Exodus 33:18-19: “Moses said, ‘Please show me your glory.’ And he said, ‘I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The Lord.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.'” 
  4. Just:
    1. Deuteronomy 32:4: “The rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he.”
  5. Protective:
    1. Psalm 91: 3-6: “For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
          and from the deadly pestilence.
      He will cover you with his pinions,
          and under his wings you will find refuge;
          his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
      You will not fear the terror of the night,
          nor the arrow that flies by day,
      nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
          nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.”
  6. Providing:
    1. Philippians 4:19: “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
  7. Consistent:
    1. Malachi 3:6: “For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.”

The Bible – in its perfect Truth – says all of these things about our God, but our experiences in life sometimes lead us to believe otherwise. And we, as people, are not at all worthy of being in such close relationship with an approachable God; it seems too good to be true. And it is! But, Jesus. This is why He came, to make this relationship possible for us. We are no longer enemies of God, but instead, we are children of God. Praise! Thank you, Jesus.

James 4:8: “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” 

Hebrews 4:16: “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

John 15:5: “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”

In order to understand further your belonging to God, spend time with Him (whether in worship, reading, or prayer, for example). And, in doing so, remember that it is not the method that is powerful, but it is God who is powerful.

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Don’t miss next Sunday’s service, as we continue on to part two of the Jesus’ Church series! 

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Mosaic Community Church

Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love God with all of our heart, soul, strength, and mind. He said the other is to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. We commit to loving God because He loves us. We commit to loving people the way Jesus does, selflessly and with integrity. This love compels us to take the good news of Jesus Christ to the world, inviting everyone to be a part of His family. As we love God and love people, the world will change.

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